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#13292 - 12/18/00 12:26 AM Animal-related words that are used metaphorically
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We often use our friends from the animal kingdom to characterize the
behavior of our fellow human beings, "She eats like a pig... he is savage
as a wolf..." These terms are frequently unfair -- the word hircine used
to refer to goats but has another sense indicating a lustful nature. Are
goats lascivious? Who are we to say?

This week's AWAD presents more words in a similar vein. So the next time you
employ one of these words to figuratively refer to a two-legged creature
around you, be careful. You may be slandering someone -- the four-legged
one.


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#13293 - 12/18/00 07:47 AM Re: Animal-related words that are used metaphorically
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Anu, you're a foxy critter!


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#13294 - 12/19/00 12:23 AM Foxy
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When used to describe a woman, "foxy" suggests sexual attractiveness. When used to describe a man, it suggests cunning and shrewdness in a negative sense. I don't think there is a usage in which the fictitious Anu may properly be described as foxy.

Sorry Jackie.



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#13295 - 12/19/00 08:20 AM Re: Foxy
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unless, like my great-grandfather, he has reddish hair-- as does my daughter-- both can be called "foxy" in a discriptive way.-- (but needless to say, my daughter doesn't mind the sexy connotation. ) I think too, that foxy for a man is also used to describe attactiveness-- I would expect a foxy man to be, sharp, sly, and so good looking, that it would be easy to fall prey to his charms...


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#13296 - 12/19/00 08:38 PM Re: Foxy
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When used to describe a man, it suggests cunning and shrewdness in a negative sense.

Ha! Little do you know...

I shall try to do more of a metaphor--not exactly one of my strengths. Anu is as clever and as quick as a fox.
I was trying to avoid this usage as it is a plain old noun, but, since my judgement has been called into question...
Anu is a fox. And if anyone isn't clear on what that means, a la slang, I'll be happy to explain private.
(Bristles still aquiver.)


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#13297 - 12/19/00 08:43 PM Re: Foxy
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(Bristles still aquiver.)

Where exactly do you keep those bristles?








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#13298 - 12/20/00 08:11 AM Re: Foxy
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Where exactly do you keep those bristles?

On the back of my neck, she growled. Do not even come
close to maligning my beloved Anu (either of them)!


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